Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, in case you didn't know) is next Friday, so if you and your sweetie are still thinking about dining out, here's a list of V-Day specials and prix-fixe menus from restaurants throughout Los Angeles. Reservations are probably going fast....
A.O.C. celebrates Valentine's Day with a four-course menu prepared by chef de cuisine Lauren Herman. Menu highlights include: wild mushroom tart with fromage blanc, hazelnut persillade and fine herbs; hamachi crudo with beet-meyer lemon salsa, kumquats and pistachio aillade; braised beef cheek with roasted kabocha squash, pea tendrils, green garlic soubise and truffle butter; and, mascarpone semifreddo with bittersweet chocolate, crushed amaretti and cocoa nib brittle. $100 per person (beverage, excluding taxes and gratuity supplemental wine pairing available). 8700 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, (310) 859-9859, www.aocwinebar.com.
Acabar's chef Octavio Becerra is offering a four-course Valentine's Day menu featuring: chilled vichyssoise with oyster fritter and vadouvan ghee; warm lobster salad with mango, fenugreek raita and curry leaf mousse; and braised lamb with cauliflower, creamed pine nuts and pear chutney and honey-cardamom. $125 per person. 1510 N. Stanley Ave., Hollywood, (323) 876-1400, www.acabar-la.com.
Bar Marmont chef Carolynn Spence is celebrating Valentine's Day with a "Love Me/Love Me Not" menu for those celebrating love -- and those that are not. A la carte highlights include: caviar and oysters served on a bed of roses with pink peppercorn mignonette (Love Me) and a variety of chocolates and cookies served with a small pink hammer and a shot of whiskey (Love Me Not). Libations include: The Love Fool with pisco, fresh lime juice, sugar, fresh mint, cucumber and rose water; and The Restraining Order with silver tequila, St. Germain, fresh lemon juice, celery bitters and raspberry sugar. Chateau Marmont, 8171 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 650-0575, www.chateaumarmont.com/barmarmont.php.
Bashi at Terranea Resort is offering a Valentine's Day menu including: geoduck sashimi, char sui Berkshire pork belly and miso poached lobster. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2703, www.terranea.com.
The Bazaar's Jose Andres and Holly Jivin will offer Valentine's Day a la carte specials including black truffle dishes and tableside caviar kir royal cocktails. SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 246-5555, www.thebazaar.com.
Bow & Truss is celebrating Valentine's Day with a four-course menu with buttercup squash soup with marcona almond crème fraiche; baby kale salad with sherry, pistachios, parmesan tuile and preserved lemon honey; Mary's chicken with xato sauce, salt cured potatoes and collard greens; and chocolate covered cherries. $65 per person. 11122 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 985-8787, www.bowandtruss.com.
Cafe del Rey is offering a surf-and-turf, three-course menu for Valentine's Day, including winter seafood, prime cuts of meat, house-made pastas, and shareable dishes, such as: filet carpaccio with arugula, fried capers, egg, and mustard; scallops served with fennel, yukon gold potatoes, guanciale, tangerines, arugula, and citrus powder; and, New York strip steak with grilled escarole, garlic mashed potatoes, and red wine jus. $85 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 5-11 pm. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-6395, www.cafedelreymarina.com.
Catalina Kitchen has created a Valentine's Day embodying its classic Mediterranean fare with an evening of "Tapas for Two. The menu features spanish saffron rice with garlic lobster tails, scallops, chicken, and sausage; oysters on ice; crispy green lip mussels with almond and scallion gazpacho; olive oil shrimp with toasted garlic and red chili oil, warm almond crusted manchego cheese with a hot garlic vinaigrette and slivered almonds; squid with bacon and garlic oil; and, artisan chocolate truffles and chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Feb. 14 through16. $75 per person. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2704, www.terranea.com.
Cecconi's is featuring Valentine's Day specials for two, including a seafood platter with oysters mignonette, cured salmon, pickled jalapeño, steam langoustine celery heart salad and octopus ceviche ($38); whole, wood oven roasted turbot which is fileted tableside and served with potatoes, taggiasca olives, lemon and cherry tomatoes ($58); and double chocolate tart with wild berries ($15). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, www.cecconiswesthollywood.com.
Church & State, located in the heart of the Arts District in downtown L.A., will be featuring a $95 ($145 wine pairing) prix-fixe menu using ingredients known for their aphrodisiac qualities. Menu highlights include chilled oysters with caviar, watercress avocado and watermelon radish; scallops, shellfish and artichoke gratin; and, beef tenderloin with potato, spinach, shallots and black winter truffle jus. 1850 Industrial St., #100, Los Angeles, (213) 405-1434, www.churchandstatebistro.com.
The Churchill is offering a Valentine's Day three-course tasting menu for two, $140 per couple with a bottle of rose and $100 per couple without. 5 to 11 p.m. 8384 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323)655-8384, www.the-churchill.com.
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Craft is celebrating Valentine's Day with a $95-per-person prix-fixe menu. First courses and desserts served for the table. Special dishes include hamachi with jasmine and cucumber; purple yam agnolotti and pecorino; Sonoma duck with farro and chestnuts; and chocolate almond torte and creamsicle panna cotta for dessert. A mid-course option of parmesan risotto or potato gnocchi shaved with Perigord black truffle is available for an additional $45. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 279-4180, www.craftrestaurantsinc.com.
CUT at the Beverly Wilshire, is offering a Valentine's Day four-course menu, including prime filet mignon "carpaccio" with celery hearts, truffle hollandaise and French black truffles as well as grilled Colorado lamb double chops with cucumber-mint raita. $145 per person. 6 to 11 p.m. Beverly Wilshire, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 276-8500, www.wolfgangpuck.com.
Dog Haus has a Valentine's weekend "Love Connection Combo" for two Feb. 14 to 17. The combo includes a 12-inch hot dog topped with arugula, bacon and caramelized onions and accompanied with the Love Boat: fries or tots topped with Haus chili and Haus slaw. The combo is completed with a single chocolate chip cookie to share, and a choice of drinks -- either a canned beer (Old Pasadena only) or milkshake. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 93 E. Green St., Old Pasadena; 105 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena; 410 E. Main St., Alhambra; www.doghaus.com.
Dominique's Kitchen in Redondo Beach is offering a four-course menu for Valentine's Day for $59.99 per person. Menu highlights include: smoked duck breast salad with pan seared polenta, baby heirloom tomatoes, arugula, Belgian endives in a raspberry vinaigrette; filet mignon with porcini and port wine reduction, potato gratin, farmer's market vegetables; and, strawberry tart. All reservations are allocated up to two hours. 4 to 10 p.m. 522 S. PCH, Redondo Beach, (424) 247-9054, www.dominiqueskitchen.com.
Drago Centro and chef Celestino Drago are offering a four-course Valentine's Day tasting menu featuring antipasti of burrata and prosciutto with gnocco fritto and arugula as well as grilled swordfish, celery root, capers and olives. $68 per person. 525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, (213) 228-8998, www.DragoCentro.com.
The Federal Bar in North Hollywood is celebrating Valentine's Day weekend with an a la carte dinner and a burlesque performance. Signature dishes include: smoked Gouda ziti, roasted root veggie skewers and the raw Brussels sprout salad. 5303 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, (818) 980-2555, www.thefederalbar.com.
Fig & Olive executive chef Pascal Lorange offers a three-course prix-fixe dinner inspired by the French Riviera. Available Feb. 14, a selection of dishes include: scallops and chanterelles with mushroom tapenade and porcini oil; roasted rack of lamb with herbs de Provence, goat cheese gnocchi and sautéed wild mushrooms; and Valrhona chocolate brownie with milk chocolate, mascarpone mousse and chocolate raspberry glaze. $65 per person. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100, www.figandolive.com.
Girasol chef CJ Jacobson will prepare a seasonally driven four-course tasting menu served on Feb. 14 and 15 with seatings at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Menu features: bass crudo marinated in "forest tea," winter citrus and elderberry wine curd, and wild flowers; celery root soup with seasoned blueberry, black and white wild sage; and roasted black cod or wild Wagyu strip loin with black winter truffle sauce. $75 per person. Supplemental options available. 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, (818) 924-2323, www.girasolrestaurant.com.
Hatfield's Karen and Quinn Hatfield invite guests to celebrate Valentine's Day at Hatfield's with an intimate five-course prix-fixe menu, featuring some of their favorite dishes. $140 per person with wine pairings available. 6 to 10:30 p.m. 6703 Melrose Ave., (323) 935-2977, www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com.
Hinoki & the Bird will be offering Valentine's Day a la carte specials including: wasabi-soy lobster roll with osetra caviar; lemon fish tartare and nori hand roll; and dashi marinated salmon eggs, hama hama oyster and yuzu-cucumber. Guests will also receive a six-piece box of handcrafted chocolates flavored with lychee caramel, blood orange jelly, Sicilian pistachio ganache, and guava-pink peppercorn caramel. 5:30 to 10 p.m. 10 Century Drive, (310) 552-1200, www.hinokiandthebird.com.
The Hudson is featuring a Valentine's Day "Lucky Hour" cocktail and drink specials from 4 to 7 p.m. In addition to regular happy hour offerings, five new winter cocktails will premier for $9. 1114 N. Crescent Heights Blvd, West Hollywood, (323) 654-6686, thehudsonla.com.
La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills is offering a four-course menu including a shared appetizer, soup or salad, entrees like salmon with roasted butternut squash and fingerling potatoes, and dessert. $150 per person, includes bottle of Sortesele Pinot Grigio, Tiziano Chianti or Ruffino Prosecco. 9785 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 278-1845, www.ladolcevitabeverlyhills.com.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar chef Gabe Caliendo has created Valentine's specials for celebrating the entire weekend, Feb. 14 to 17. Highlights include: sparkling strawberry sangria with Freixenet sparkling wine, fresh strawberries, orange, lemon and lime ($7.95); shrimp and blue crab ravioli with Champagne citrus cream sauce, tomatoes, romano cheese and micro mirepoix greens ($8.95); dijon mint-crusted rack of lamb with roasted red pepper polenta cakes, ratatouille and marsala sauce ($19.95); and homemade strawberry cheesecake jar with graham cracker crumble and fresh strawberry compote ($4.95). Available at all Lazy Dog locations, www.lazydogrestaurants.com.
Lindy & Grundy, the West Hollywood butcher shop, is offering meat for Valentine's Day participants celebrating at home. Dry-aged beef, butterflied pork loins, salumi and other specialty cuts available. 801 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 951-0804, www.lindyandgrundy.com.
The Little Door is celebrating Valentine's Day with a three-course menu paired with a signature cocktail "Love Potion" or a glass of Champagne for $150 per person. 8164 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 951-1210, thelittledoor.com.
Mar'sel at Terranea Resort presents a prix-fixe menu priced at $95 per person. Menu features appetizers such as Santa Barbara stone crab salad and slow braised pork cheek; entrees include charred bone-in Vintage Farms rib eye; and dessert selections include baked honey crisp apples. Feb. 14 to 16. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2836, www.terranea.com/marsel.
Michael's Pizzeria's downtown Long Beach location will celebrate Valentine's Day by serving a special three-course prix-fixe menu including choice of two antipasti or salad; choice of one pizza; and two desserts. $45 for two people. Michael's Pizzeria's Naples Island and Rancho Mirage locations will be offering heart-shaped Margherita pizzas to mark the holiday. 210 E. 3rd St., Suite C, Long Beach; 5616 E. 2nd Street, Naples Island; 71-800 Hwy. 111, Suite A122, www.michaelspizzeria.com.
Mo-Chica presents a Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe menu for $55 per person. Appetizers and dessert are shared. Menu highlights include winter truffle, burrata, red and golden beets with an aji amarillo vinaigrette, and quail with cilantro rice and fried yucca. Available Friday, Feb. 14, during regular dinner service.
Napa Valley Grille's executive chef Taylor Boudreaux's Valentine's Day tasting menu begins with a Prosecco toast followed by four-courses including: satsuma and Fuji apple salad with goat cheese, mizuna, marcona almonds and yuzu vinaigrette; shared surf and turf course with Maine lobster and filet mignon with confit fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms, brown butter and bordelaise sauce. Available Feb. 13 to 20. $125 per person. Guests can also order à la carte from the seasonal winter menu. 1100 Glendon Ave., Suite 100, Westwood, (310) 824-3322, www.napavalleygrille.com.
Nelson's features a Valentine's Day beer pairing dinner featuring Angel City Brewery menu items, including a shellfish platter for two featuring oysters, clams, crab legs and lobster; roasted Kurobuta pork chop with pretzel cheddar spoon bread and grain mustard sauce; and a flourless chocolate torte with crème anglaise and raspberries for dessert. The menu is available for $55 per person. Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, (310) 265-2800, www.terranea.com.
Petrossian's five-course "Caviar Affair to Remember" Valentine's Day dinner menu features a glass of rosé Champagne and dishes such as agnolotti with red wine and Point Reyes blue cheese and risotto with black winter truffles and parmesan. $95 per person (supplements available). On Feb. 15 and 16, Petrossian is also offering a "Morning After" brunch with a three-course caviar-centric menu including 12 grams of Transmontanus caviar and a glass of Champagne, bellini or mimosa. $60 per person. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 271-6300, www.petrossian.com.
Petty Cash is offering an "anti"-Valentine's Day menu featuring tacos, cocktails and a round of shuffleboard. 7360 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, (323) 933-5300, www.pettycashtaqueria.com.
The Pikey in Hollywood presents its celebration for Valentine's Day weekend. For lunch, "Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti and meatballs with oysters and Champagne. Dinner specials include lobster ravioli with fennel, apple and crème fraiche ($18) and quail -stuffed with marquez sausage and smoked paprika served with roasted cauliflower, pine nuts and golden raisins ($32). Feb. 14, 11:45 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Feb. 15 and 16, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 850-5400, www.thepikeyla.com.
Q in downtown Los Angeles has Valentine's Day sake flights including Dassai 23, Kubota Manjyu and Kamozuru Gold for $70. 521 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, (213) 225-6285, www.qsushila.com.
Rivabella, in West Hollywood, presents a four-course prix-fixe Valentine's Day menu. Highlights include sunchoke soup with braised veal cheek and sunchoke chips; butternut squash tortelli with amaretti, brown butter, pecorino and sage; and, vegetables en papillote with baby carrots, baby fennel, tinker bell peppers, rapini, fingerling potatoes, garlic and white wine. $60 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). 5:30 p.m. – midnight. 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 278-2060, www.rivabellarestaurant.com.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen is celebrating Valentine's Day with a four-course menu featuring samosas with tamarind chutney; scallops with caramelized cauliflower, Chinese eggplant, okra and curry; and black peppered filet mignon with asparagus, peas, shimeji mushrooms and caramel sauce. $68 per person. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., WestField Century City, (310) 552-9988, www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com.
Rockwell celebrates Valentine's Day weekend with the closing performance of “For The Record: Baz Luhrmann” and a special a la carte Valentine's menu. Thursday, Feb. 13, to Saturday, Feb. 15. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8. Tickets are $25 general admission (partial view) to $55 VIP. 1714 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, (323) 661-6163 (ext. 20), www.rockwell-la.com.
The Roger Room presents five cocktails designed for romance on Valentine's Day. Each cocktail will be served in a "Loving Cup," a giant, footed glass with two of the Roger Room's signature steel straws. Cocktail highlights include: Four Aces with vodka, basil, green grapes, lime juice and Canton ginger liqueur; Old Sport with gin, black tea infused Soho lychee liqueur, cucumber juice and lime juice; and Tijuana Brass with blanco tequila, agave nectar, lime juice, cucumber foam. $25 each. Feb. 14, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Feb. 15th, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.; and Feb. 16, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. 370 La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 854-1300.
Rustic Canyon will offer an $85-per-person prix fix dinner from which diners can choose eight plates per table from a selection of 16 menu items, including steelhead tartare with Sierra Gold potato, oyster and Old Bay; Stone Valley Farms pork rillettes, served in a jar with pickled red onion, parsley and violet mustard; roasted scallops with cauliflower, vadouvan and pine nut-raisin relish; and strawberry lattice pie with vanilla ice cream from pastry chef Laurel Almerinda. There also will be specialty seasonal cocktails and a wine pairing to complement the meal ($45 per person). 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 393-7050, www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com.
Saam at the Bazaar, a private tasting room at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, is celebrating Valentine's Day with an 18-course black truffle tasting menu. $250 per person ($350 with wine pairing). 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 246-5545, www.thebazaar.com/beverly-hills-saam.
Salt's Cure in West Hollywood will feature an a la carte Valentine's Day menu. Dishes include lamb tartare, butter-poached lobster and stuffed quail breast with fried quail eggs. The wine list this February is prepared by renowned sommelier Andre Mack. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 850-7258, www.saltscure.com.
Scarpetta at the Montage in Beverly Hills is offering a three-course menu including octopus with smoked butter bean purée, tomatoes and guanciale vinaigrette as well as ricotta agnolotti with braised chestnuts, brown butter and black winter truffle. $125 per person. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7970, www.montagebeverlyhills.com/beverly-hills-restaurants.php.
Scratch|Bar in Beverly Hills is featuring three floor seatings and two chef's counter seatings for Valentine's Day. The first two floor seatings, from 5 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. respectively, will feature a six-course, $55 prix fixe menu with an optional $30 wine pairing. The third floor seating at 9 p.m. will feature an eight-course, $65 prix fixe menu with an optional $40 wine pairing. Both floor menus will feature dishes like pork belly & raw oyster, smoking goat milk cheese, dry aged hanger steak, and a dark chocolate & cayenne candy Car for dessert. The 8-course menu will feature an additional two dishes. The Chef's Counter, with seatings available at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., will feature a 14-course, spontaneous Lover's Menu, priced at $111, with an optional wine pairing. 111 N. La Cienega Blvd,Beverly Hills, (310) 289-8010, www.scratchbarla.com.
Shade Hotel in
Sotto is offering a four-course menu designed by chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack for Valentine's Day. The menu will feature options for each course, with favorites from the regular menu available as well as specialty offerings for the evening. The dinner is priced at $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 277-0210, www.sottorestaurant.com.
The Strand House is offering a multi-course dinner in honor of Valentine's Day. All guests will begin with an amuse of oyster yuzu granite, finger limes, young ginger, with multiple course offerings. $125 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) with optional wine pairings for $50. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-7470, www.thestrandhousemb.com.
Tapenade is offering a "Spice and Romance" menu in lieu of their daily menu on Feb. 14. The $55-per-person four-course meal starts with a selection of the restaurant's signature Brussels sprouts and ends with the perfect sweet ending. 11301 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 312-6233, www.tapenade.la/.
Tavern in Brentwood is celebrating Valentine's Day with a four-course menu featuring Maine lobster and spiced carrot salad with blood orange vinaigrette and lime labneh, as well as wild mushroom farrotto with shaved Pecorino and toasted almonds. $95 per person (wine pairing will be available). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, www.tavernla.com.
Trattoria Neapolis is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu in celebration of Valentine's Day featuring Kumamoto oyster with house-made hot sauce and preserved meyer lemon as well as bucatini with Maine lobster and oven-dried cherry tomato, basil and lobster sugo. In addition to the couples menu, Trattoria Neapolis is offering individual guests the regular dinner menu and the Roman Love Letter cocktail with rosé Champagne, St-Germain, vodka, lemon juice and Peychaud bitters. 336 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, (626) 792-3000, www.trattorianeapolis.com.
Tres by Jose Andres in the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills is offering a multi-course prix-fixe menu, $85 per person. 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Chef Jose Andres has created a multi-course menu for couples to enjoy in Tres' cozy nooks and fireplace-side dining. SLS Hotel, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 246-5551, www.slshotels.com/beverlyhills/dining.
Valentino in Santa Monica presents a week of Festa di San Valentine. Selections from the menu will be available à la carte on Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 15, 2014. On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the pricing for the prix fixe dinnr will be $90 per guest ($140 wine pairing, supplements available). 3115 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica (310) 829-4313, www.valentinosm.com.
The Wallace in Culver City is offering a four-course Valentine's Day menu featuring lemonfish crudo with blood orange, avocado, serrano ham and Nicoise olives; shaved Brussels sprouts with farro, medjool dates and pomegranates; and osso buco served with cous cous, harissa, apricot, pine nut gremolata. $65 per person with complimentary glass of wine ($85 with bottle of champagne). The Wallace is also offering late night bar menu. 3833 Main St., Culver City, (310) 202-6400, www.thewallacela.com.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air is celebrating Valentine's Day with a three-course prix-fixe, $155 per person. 5 to 10 p.m. The three-course menu will start with an amuse of Kumamoto oyster with sudachi citrus and dashi gelee; other dishes include hamachi sashimi with Moro blood orange ponzu, myoga and young shiso buds; Maine lobster pot pie with winter root vegetables, tarragon and lobster sauce Américaine; and a passion fruit verrine with coconut mousse, lemon sponge cake and basil granita. An optional black truffle supplement is also being offered. Also available, a private dinner in the gazebo for two featuring a four-course tasting menu, bottle of Champagne and personal butler for $1,500. Hotel Bel Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, (310)472-1211, www.dorchestercollection.com.